Bobby Rose was not in a good place early in his career at Revere High School. His grades weren’t up to par and his participation in sports was in jeopardy.
But Rose, helped by the support of RHS administrators, teachers, coaches, and family, was able to turn his situation in to a positive one in academics and athletics. This past track season, he was voted the Most Valuable Performer in the Northeastern Conference.
Jack Mosko, the Revere indoor track coach, remembers the precipice on which Bobby Rose stood not too long ago.
“Bobby could have gone either way but instead he recognized that there was something more out of life that he wanted and he figured that through hard work he could get it,” said Mosko, who has known Rose since he was a second grader at the Abraham Lincoln School.
Mosko said winning the MVP award was huge for Rose, a symbol of how far he has come as a student-athlete.
“It’s an extremely big accomplishment for Bobby to be the MVP,” said Mosko. “Generally Peabody High has had the MVPs. It’s great to see Revere have the conference’s top performer. Bobby trains very hard in our program and does what we ask him to do to get himself ready. He takes it as a challenge, believes in what he does, and becomes successful.”
Rose looks back at his first year at high school and understands that his energy and talents weren’t being focused on positive things at that time.
“My father [Wayne] sat down with me and we talked about the present and the future and what my goals should be every day,” said Rose. “He said to me, ‘let’s get everything from this point on moving in a positive direction.’”
He also credits RHS administrator Jessica Theriault for instilling confidence and discipline in his daily activities at the high school and helping him realize his potential.
Bobby’s brother, Joe Ritchie, also an excellent athlete and teammate, has also been a day-to-day motivator and a source of support for him in the track program.
This season Rose has been one of the best track athletes in the state – 13th best in his event to be exact. He was unbeaten in the 300 meters, even outrunning Beverly football All-Scholastic Brendan Flaherty on the track. In the 4 X 400-meter relay, Rose teamed with Zack Primo, Johnny Lopes, and Karim Sahila to set a school record. He was the leading scorer for a Revere team that finished with a potent 6-1 record.
Rose, who also played football for Revere High and in the local Pop Warner organization, is still developing as a track athlete. He had a growth spurt from 5-feet, 7 inches, to 6-feet, 2 inches over the past year. His weight has increased from 145 to 160 pounds.
“I think the extra size and weight has helped me in track,” said Rose. “But what’s been more instrumental to my development has been coach Mosko’s workouts. He’s taught me the proper sprint drills, baton work, the handoffs, and the techniques I needed to improve my times.”
Rose wants to compete in football and track in college. He has entered the college admissions process that he hopes will earn him a seat at Norwich University.
Rose is grateful to the coaches who voted him the conference’s top performer. But he isn’t ready to close the book on his RHS sports career. He is looking to close his career in dynamic fashion in the spring track season.
“I was honored to be voted the MVP,” said Rose. “But my goals are to help the team win and break records in the 200 meters and the relays.”